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The food we eat
The food we eat: | why we eat it, | and whence it comes. | By | J. Milner Fothergill, M.D., | author of "Food for the Invalid, the Dyspeptic, and the Gouty;" | "The Maintenence of Health," etc. etc. | Edited by A. Beatrice R. Fothergill.
London: Griffith and Farran (successors to Newbery and Harris); New York: E. P. Dutton and Co; 1882
16.5 x 10.5 cm Pp [5-10] 11-140 [1s on binding] Frontis of digestive tract
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Printed on the title-page are the quotations ""Man shall not live by bread alone.^"' and ""Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.^"" A preliminary note says that, with one exception, all the chapters appeared under the title "Pro bono publico' in "Burlington magazine' in 1881.
Although at first glance the book appears to be the type that analyses each food solely by its composition and digestibility, the author is also interested in other aspects of eating. The second and third chapters discuss the social side of eating and in the following chapters on different foodstuffs he considers the merits of different modes of preparation from the point of view of taste as well as digestion and interweaves information on other nations' eating habits. The final chapter, "The dietary of 2,000 AD' is a fanciful account of man's future diet.